Tottenham are keen on bringing a £25m-rated Liverpool old boy back to the Premier League, while Chelsea’s main three summer transfer objectives have been identified, according to Saturday’s Paper Talk.
SPURS KEEN ON RAFA CAMACHO SIGNING
Tottenham are watching Liverpool academy graduate Rafa Camacho and plan to make a move to bring the £25million-rated star back to the Premier League, according to reports.
Camacho left Liverpool for Sporting Lisbon in the summer in search of regular first-team football and has adapted to his new surroundings well with Spurs scouts being impressed by the player during their watching briefs for Bruno Fernandes, who signed for Manchester United last month.
And Tottenham’s hopes of landing Camacho, a forward who is comfortable playing across the frontline, have been boosted after the Daily Express claimed he is keen on a return to the Premier League.
The 19-year-old is contracted at Jose Alvalade Stadium until June 2024 but the report claims he has indicated an openness to leaving.
It’s also indicated that Jurgen Klopp is also monitoring his progress and the player’s father revealed recently that the Liverpool boss had been in touch to congratulate him on a recent goal.
“Rafael was even happier when he received the call from Jurgen Klopp to congratulate him on the goal,” the star’s dad said.
“In fact, they exchanged congratulations, as Rafael also congratulated him on winning the Club World Cup.”
Camacho, a Portugal U20 international, prefers to play on the right flank, but is comfortable on the left or through the middle.
AND THE REST
Chelsea reportedly want to sign 13 players in the summer transfer window, after failing to make any signings in January. Manager Frank Lampard could have as much as £150m and has Inter Milan star Lautaro Martinez, Lyon’s French forward Moussa Dembele and Napoli defender Kalidou Koulibaly at the top of his wanted list (Daily Express)
Barcelona and Manchester United both took a long look at Gabriel Martinelli but snubbed the Brazilian youngster before his Arsenal transfer move (Daily Mirror)
Chris Wilder has warned his Sheffield United players to stop dreaming about big-money moves and focus on the Blades (Daily Mirror)
Manchester United’s Andreas Pereira saw a hypnotherapist as sleep problems threatened to wreck his season (Daily Mirror)
Winston Reid’s proposed move to MLS side Nashville SC is off (Daily Mirror)
Chelsea have reportedly entered the race to snare Manchester United target Lautaro Martinez away from Inter Milan and are willing to offer them a player-plus-cash deal (The Sun)
Arsenal have joined the race to sign Brentford star Said Benrahma, but face competition from Newcastle and Leicester (The Sun)
David Moyes admits Declan Rice would surely leave if West Ham go down as he targets four wins (The Sun)
Kepa Arrizabalaga could be handed an immediate Chelsea reprieve after Willy Caballero’s Leicester blundershow (The Sun)
Goal-shy Crystal Palace face losing Alexander Sorloth for just £5m (The Sun)
Marcus Rashford is being courted by Roc Nation, the American entertainment agency founded by rapper Jay-Z (Daily Mail)
Neymar remains streets ahead of Kylian Mbappe in the race to be Ligue 1’s richest asset, with Paris Saint-Germain boasting a clean sweep of the top 11 highest-paid players in France (Daily Mail)
Barcelona’s interest in re-signing Adama Traore has intensified out of fear that Real Madrid could snap him up from under their noses (Daily Mail)
Manchester United goalkeeper Dean Henderson has told confidants that he is not interested in returning to his parent club unless he is recognised as the club’s No 1 goalkeeper (Daily Mail)
Chelsea are close to agreeing new deals with two of their top prospects, 18-year-old midfielder Tino Amjorin and 17-year-old defender Ian Maatsen (Daily Mail)
The escalation of the coronavirus has led to internal disputes at several Premier League clubs between medical and commercial departments over their plans for summer tours (Daily Mail)
Southampton expect to agree a new contract with manager Ralph Hasenhuttl before the end of the season, having been rewarded for their faith in the Austrian since the 9-0 defeat to Leicester City in late October (Daily Telegraph)
Premier League clubs have told referee chiefs to fix the farce of “armpit offsides” under VAR – and want to give attackers 10cm leeway in marginal decisions (The Times)
Liverpool and their sporting director Michael Edwards will escape action from the FA over the alleged hacking of Manchester City’s scouting system despite the two clubs agreeing a £1m settlement (The Times)
Roy Hodgson expects to agree a new contract that will extend his stay as the Crystal Palace manager (The Times)
The introduction of safe-standing areas in football grounds has moved a step closer after an interim report of the Sports Ground Safety Authority, which found venues built with integrated barriers such as Tottenham’s new stadium are safer (The Times)
Sheffield United could miss out on a deal to sign Dean Henderson as Manchester United have slapped a hefty price tag on the goalkeeper (Daily Star)
Celtic have announced a huge £24.4m profit with the sale of Kieran Tierney boosting financial results (Daily Record)